CAMOGIE3's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CAMOGIE3 CAMOGIE3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Blood sugar detox....hummmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698645 Well, I'm kinda sorta doing the 10 day blood sugar detox...grains aren't all the way out the door yet. I really like the protein smoothie for breakfast--berries, seeds, avocado, lemon, nut butter, almond milk. Been doing spinach-based salads at lunch; almonds for snacks. (This evening's snack is hummus and pretzels though). A friend and I are sharing the book, so I'm trying to get the crap out of the kitchen and make a more conscious effort to eliminate sugar from my diet. I'm also pickin... Mon, 19 May 2014 18:17:52 EST And the chaos continues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691355 I am truly amazed that I've stayed within a 5 pound range over the last few months! <BR> <BR> My schedule at work has been all over the place: days and getting to leave at a normal time, days that end up lasting 15+ hours, 12 hr night shifts. New computer system went live this past Sunday and there's been a mess of prep for it as well as being there for support this first week while the nursing staff nuts up trying to adjust to it (it was an 18 month deployment done in 5--don't ask me why... Fri, 9 May 2014 14:03:18 EST Checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544718 While cleaning up the loft, I found one of my old Weight Watcher weekly journals that was actually unused! I tried to scan it, but there seems to be a disconnect somewhere. I ended up printing out a tracker I'd generated that also has a daily task list on it (including exercise, meditation and sleep) so I printed several of those out to use throughout the week. Easier to track if I can keep it with me on my clipboard. I'd initially generated it to print out and use on one page of my 2-page... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:44:56 EST Just checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540786 This sugar addiction has to go! Two days no processed/added sugars or artificial sweeteners. It's too easy to grab candy or donuts or whatever other sweet munchies are sitting around at work…especially when I'm stressed. <BR> <BR> What used to work before… <BR> 1--food prep for the day and having healthy snacks with me ready to go for when I got the munchies <BR> 2--keeping a container of chopped veggies and a container of mixed greens in the fridge with some blackbeans or rice on hand for a... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 07:13:35 EST Stress...eating is not the answer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499634 I stress, I eat. I really want somethng to gnaw on. I want something sweet (ice cream and chocolate have done me in this month). I've managed to avoid fast food, although I've had to make a very conscious effort a couple times. It's all emotional eating. No doubt about it. <BR> <BR> Fiscal funks. Yep, been having a lot of those lately. I've found ways I can cut back on expenses and stuff I can sell if it comes to it. I was looking forward to a good pecan crop this year, but with all the... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:46:17 EST Checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139863 One thing I've been really noticing this past week, okay--actually paying attention to it, is the amount of chaos in my life. <BR> 1--The work schedule's erratic; the only thing consistent is the start time, everything else varies. I have been having a very hard time getting myself into any kind of routine. <BR> 2--I've got way too many irons in the fire. There just aren't enough hours in the day and I'm not very efficient with the ones that are. <BR> 3--My ability to prioritize sucks...... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:18:02 EST Two week check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133713 Okay, it's been two weeks since I went back to tracking and trying to make some changes. <BR> <BR> Meat--I have cut back on my meat. I still have a lot of venison in the fridge, so I've been using it for some meals, but most of my meals are vegetarian. <BR> <BR> Sugar/artificial sweeteners -- none for two weeks! No nasty headaches either...yay!!! <BR> <BR> Sleep--for the most part, I've been getting 7-9 hours of sleep at night and except for a couple times when I 've been called in during... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:43:30 EST 10/25/12: still struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112772 I have gained 15 pounds since May 1 of this year. I started dating someone, we'd go out to eat a lot, I didn't spend much time working in the garden/yard or getting out exercising. He's in front of his computer and I'm on either my iPhone or iPad. I've neglected my garden so I've lost a lot of produce that I could have put away for the winter. It was my choice to spend time with him instead of in the garden, since he wouldn't come over to the house. <BR> <BR> It's time to make changes! <BR... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:59:14 EST Time flies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942418 and when I get side-tracked I manage to accidentally delete an entire blog when I come back to it....three days later. <BR> <BR> So, let's see... <BR> <BR> I'm grateful I've been maintaining roughly the same weight since October...at least within a 5 pound range. Amazing? Yep...considering my exercise has slacked off and I've been eating out more. I noticed it recently starting to creep a bit more up than just fluctuate, so I decided to sign up for SP's summer virtual 5K and a training pl... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 22:42:53 EST No wonder I'm tired! and a Motivational pic for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4811371 March has been a very busy month. At work, we've all been working extra to cover for one of our coworkers who was out with a fractured wrist. I've also had a LOT of work-related extra curricular activities going on and trying to get my garden expanded and planted at the same time. I checked my BP today--92/61. At least I'm not having to worry about high blood pressure. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I've been reading the book "Eat to Live" by Joel Furman. Very interesting! I'm still strugglin... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 21:41:12 EST Restless, irritable, discontent...and tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800450 Ah yes, the foreshocks to a major graze-attack, usually involving anything sweet or which is easily eaten during one-arm curls (bowl to mouth). Yesterday I was fixated prior to leaving work on a six-pack of skinny cow ice cream sandwiches. Ate them all before I got home (a similar event had happened in July which spurred the start of the 62 day stretch with no sugar or artificial sweeteners). Today it was the birthday cake for our unit director. Oh well. Back on the wagon again. Staff meetin... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:37:57 EST Just a little burnout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798842 I'm tired. <BR> <BR> I have realized (duh) that my plate's too full and is also disproportionally work related. Time to fix that! I'm looking at my extra-curricular activities and giving up what I can. I'm tired of spending my days off at work (even if I am getting paid). <BR> <BR> It's been so nice out that all I want to do is get home and work in the yard/garden. The digging, mowing and tilling has been great stress therapy. I've been planning what I want to plant for months; it's time t... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:56:19 EST Motivational Pic for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4717489 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l762832726.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They don't worry about the past or fear the future, they live in the moment. I also doubt they worry about what other "people" think of them. <BR> <BR> So, for February, to get back on track I will work toward living in the present, this moment, now. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 22:05:03 EST Open mouth, insert foot, chew vigorously... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4713151 I found this photo floating around on facebook the other day: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l202466270.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is such a good practice for me to remember. It's so much easier to filter the thoughts before they're released than once they're out there and the damage has been done. It's when I'm being self-centered instead of other-centered that I end up putting my foot in my mouth or saying something that could cause more harm than good. I saw a Co... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:17:44 EST Time to regroup and other wanderings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4688012 Alrighty then! <BR> <BR> Sinuses have been released from the deep abyss...no more sitting 20,000 leagues beneath the sea and exploring "sea monsters." The volcanic and seismic activity in my gut has quieted down; after a good meeting with a dietician, I'm ready to rebuild. Time to restart 2012. <BR> <BR> The goals for this year are posted on my bathroom wall for me to study as I brush my teeth. The daily weight and bs chart for January are hanging by its side along with a 13.1 training p... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:49:16 EST New Years' Resolutions Revisited-- 2002 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644070 Just for giggles, I found my list of New Year's Resolutions from 2002-2005. How little progress I've made on one hand, and how much I've made on the other! <BR> <BR> For 2002, my goal was to: <BR> * lose 40 pounds (from a starting point of 182.5) <BR> * exercise 3x/week <BR> * establish a daily practice (spirituality), including trying to follow the 8-fold path each day <BR> * establish a food plan <BR> * reduce stress at work <BR> * clean/straighten the house <BR> * learn how to say "no" <... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 22:16:24 EST Random thoughts.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611105 Yesterday while running errands, I felt as if my heart were steeped in compassion. I had this weird sense about me and that's the best descriptor I could come up with. I was thinking of a patient who was going in yesterday morning for bypass and valve replacement surgery; a friend who's father had fallen, broken his femur and was in the ICU--she was driving up to be with him and was going to have to deal with her rather dysfunctional family; a patient who'd been "circling the drain" so to s... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 21:36:39 EST Time for a little re-grouping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589424 I have noticed that when these funks of mine occur, the seem to be getting just a little bit longer each time. I'm not sure what's up with that; I did make an appointment with my doc to look into some of the various reasons. <BR> <BR> So, what's been getting out of hand? Sugar intake has been increasing, albeit briefly. It's interesting that one is too many and a gazillion is not enough. It takes crazy restraint to stay out of candy the past day or so. I've started back drinking sodas. ... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 23:16:20 EST Beach-fix last weekend--the pics. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4581496 Tybee Island, GA <BR> <BR> Sunset: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l461308534.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l734494415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunrise: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l131935624.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280835403.jpg"> <BR> <BR> During morning walks... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l523176539.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 22:16:35 EST Beach-fix last weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580183 My depression's been flaring up and I've been a bit anxious lately...nothing specific that I can pinpoint. I do feel better after getting a beach-fix! I love the ocean. What took me out to Seattle was grad school in Oceanography. I miss it; I'm contemplating a career change, even though it means another 5 years of school. I just need to be able to keep up with house payments and other bills....pondering and more pondering. Anyway, it'd been over a year since I'd been to the ocean and it fe... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 22:51:16 EST Funky Monkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4542094 My day started off feeling in a funky monkey mood, lots of anxiety for some reason. Had a good walk this morning, went up to see a favorite waterfall, now listening to the rain. I'm finally starting to calm down a bit. I'm having fits of serenity and clarity. Life is good. My monkey mind is quieting down for the day, I'm actually able to focus. My mood's lifting. One step at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 18:18:18 EST Commitment to change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4537409 Still plodding along on my journey and enjoying the trip. <BR> <BR> One thing I've been thinking about the past few days is change and commitment. I've identified changes that I need to make, but am I willing to do the work? I get frustrated when I step on the scale and haven't lost anything, but do I think about the results I'm wanting to get when I skip exercise a day or two or go over my calorie goals for the day? I get frustrated feeling like I'm living paycheck to paycheck, but am I st... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 22:32:21 EST Barriers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4532708 I've noticed I have all sorts of good intentions and ideas of things to do, but for some reason, I can't turn them into actions. I know everyone encounters hurdles along the way, but I sometimes think brick walls pop up that need to be taken down brick by brick. <BR> <BR> My biggest barrier is myself. I don't feel like doing ___ right now. I'll get everything together and do that later. I'm too tired. I'm in a funk. I can't concentrate. On and on it goes. Always finding some reason to ... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 20:01:24 EST Acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4519891 There are two components to acceptance that I've been pondering a lot the past few days. The first comes from Alcoholics Anonymous and the second from a book on Cherokee medicine that I've started reading. Well, after reading over both of them now, they seem very similar. <BR> <BR> Until I accept I have a problem, I am living in the problem and there is no hope for a solution. Once I have accepted the problem, I have to realize that the only things I have control over are my thoughts, wor... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 22:52:36 EST Day 7: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4509453 Another short one...long day of work 1 of 3. I am grateful to have work and a job I enjoy with people I enjoy to work with! <BR> <BR> Today's motivational pic and another thing to ponder: <BR> <BR> To thine own self be true! Let your true colors show. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l540174829.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 22:46:49 EST Day 6: points to ponder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507592 Just some stuff I'm pondering... <BR> -- my inner critics: what are they saying? What purpose are they serving? What's an appropriate rebuttal? <BR> -- what motivates me? What is my passion? What long term goals do I have and am I working towards them or just biding time? <BR> -- what is holding me back? <BR> <BR> It's a place to start .... <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 22:38:46 EST Day 5... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4505667 I so enjoy having Mondays off! (but then again, it's only after having been first call all weekend) <BR> <BR> After staying up all night, I decided after about half a cup of coffee that I'd just go back to sleep until 9 or 930. Good idea. 3 hours just doesn't cut it! 6 I can live with. <BR> <BR> Working more on fleshing out my mandala, I think I've got enough to at least get started on the two inner circles... One of my "homework" assignments was to list ways that I define me and how I d... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:11:32 EST Day 4... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4503936 I'm a rambling wreck from Georgia Tech.... Still enjoying that GT is 4-0 and Georgia is 2-2. Honestly, I really don't give a patooty about football. I'm just grateful for having the opportunity to go to Georgia Tech and graduate from there. My adoptive dad and uncle went there and my biological dad graduated from there. It was a stepping stone to a childhood dream come true. <BR> <BR> I was talking with a good friend of mine about support systems as she's working to broaden and strength... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 23:26:51 EST 9/22/11: Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4499201 Yay!!!! I made it a day without temptation from sugar and artificial sweeteners. I'm also realizing that I need to work on reducing my carb intake in general. Love me some bread! <BR> <BR> Took the latest batch of eggplant and tomatoes from the garden and made a kinda meatless lasagna...layers of baked eggplant, chopped onions, chopped eggplant, chopped bell pepper, chopped tomatoes, diced fresh basil, diced garlic, shredded "pizza cheese" and shredded parmesan cheese. I figure I'll bake ... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:06:04 EST Day Zero...again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497485 Okay, just because someone else says the lemon cake with raspberry in the middle is REALLY good, doesn't mean I have to try it. I don't care how much I love lemon flavored stuff. Of course, that led to the strawberry cream cheese wrapped in flour tortillas. Even though they were small, I still ate too many. And then topped it off with a diet coke. I felt like poo-poo the rest of the day! I'm still within range (except for fat), so if I eat anything tonight it'll have to be fresh veggies ... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:13:27 EST 9/20/11: Day 0, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4495647 Okay. No more sugar, no more sweets. I did fine for 63 days then kinda got on that slippery slope. No cravings, no problems. I let the stuff trickle back in the past couple weeks and it's got me feeling squirrelly again. I start feeling sugar lows and that's usually not good 'cos then I want to go on a feeding frenzy or just eat more than I really need to. I also seemed to do better when I was blogging on a regular basis, trying to stay accountable as well as exercising more in the morni... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:35:35 EST Time to regroup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4492249 I've been struggling a bit as of late. I haven't been exercising regularly. A milkshake here, a soda there, burger and fries a couple times. No fast food, but still just as greasy. It could be the start of a slippery slope. Sinus infection. All likely the result of burning the candle at both ends and in the middle. Have I lost my focus? Am I just slipping back to old habits? I'm not going to reach my goal if I don't get back on track. <BR> <BR> So, for the rest of September and to get Octo... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 06:42:07 EST Experiment eating out...follow-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4481601 Well, after having gone just over 2 months without sugar and then having the yummy real strawberry milkshake on Friday, I've had a headache ever since. <BR> <BR> A short one... I'm tired. Actually got a full 11 hours in at work today. Sleepy time! <em>102</em> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 21:52:42 EST Analogies and symbolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4479718 <BR> <BR> I met up with a friend of mine for coffee this afternoon. Her therapist is having her work on her "roots" -- they use a tree analogy a lot; friends are branches that get severed, tap roots, etc. It got me thinking about what all makes us who we are (trunk), what we turn to when things get tough (support network, etc. I guess you could say roots and tap roots), and all the various components to our lives (branches). It also made me think of a circle divided up into segments arou... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 23:09:00 EST Experiment eating out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476330 I tried an experiment tonight... Went downtown to a local burger joint (not fast food or chain). I managed to only slightly exceed my calories for the day with a cheese burger, fries, strawberry shake. I was aware of how I was feeling when I ordered, Instead of just scarfing like I usually do, I savored each bite. It tasted really good. I paid attention to how I felt afterwards as well. Tonight was a "treat"--a conscious decision. I will also be watching for any "reaction" it might trigger-... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 21:57:03 EST Prayers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4474638 I've just got a short one for today. A dear friend was telling me about a prayer group he belongs to and asked if there was anything I'd like for them to include. I've been reflecting back on world events, including the events of Sept 11, 2001 and here was my response to him... <BR> <BR> "In terms of prayers, all that I can ask is for y'all to pray for peace in this world. For there to be global increase in love, tolerance, compassion, humility, understanding, collaboration, and working tow... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 22:58:18 EST Kitchen experiment update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4470444 Well, the counter expansion is complete. The cats still have their dining area and I've got some more counter space to put the bread machine and a place to put groceries when I come back as I'm sorting to get them put up. The bonus today was my ceramic water crock showed up so I've got that sitting on it's stand at the other end of the counter. I got a filter so I could use regular tap water, but it'll be filtered; the 5 gallon bottle's BPA free. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 22:01:34 EST Experiments in the kitchen... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4468429 Experiment No. 1 -- bizarre recipe for chocolate pudding. When I was home with mom, I found an odd recipe for chocolate pudding that I thought was worth a try. For 4 servings, it calls for 3 avocados (yep, avocados), 6 tbsp cocoa powder, 1/4 cup raw honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract, sea salt (to sprinkle on top before serving). Well, I tried it. My honey was looking a little rough, so I used some agave nectar instead. My blender couldn't handle the mixture (it needs to be replaced) so I hand... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 22:47:08 EST 9/1/11: Day 60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461634 It has been one long night and day. <BR> <BR> In reading over my last blog, it seems I am complaining more than I meant to when I was writing it. One thing the SP community has been teaching me is look within. I cannot change how "things" have become for anyone other than me. I make choices on a daily basis and it's up to me to make sure those choices are in line with my goals for healthy living (and any other goals). There's also this tool called awareness...I need to be aware of how my... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 23:05:57 EST 8/29/11: Day 57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4455384 Spent some time reflecting on how things have changed over the years... <BR> <BR> --portions have become larger... I can't believe I've that I'd been eating at least 3 servings of rice all at one meal. Now, I measure, but am in a state of disbelief. The one big difference once I moved away from home is that butter or margarine's not on it. Just rice, maybe some soy sauce. Those cute little 8 oz. bottles of coke seem to be just a swallow after all the 20 oz bottles and 32 oz cups of coke/... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 21:14:10 EST 8/27/11: Day 55 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4451849 Well, vacation's winding down. Daddy's home from vacation which means Mom's vacation is over. <BR> <BR> Inspired by greatpanda, I actually went for a swim for the first time in years. It felt good! I wish I'd jumped in earlier during my vacation instead of waiting till nearly the last day. I can jump in tomorrow and then I'll just have to come back and visit more before Mom closes the pool. Spent a lot of the time thinking about water, the oceans, the interactions of man and the environm... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 21:12:45 EST 8/24/11: Day 52 and year in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445777 Every year on my birthday (I'm a little late this year) I look back on the past year and make so goals (or resolutions) for the upcoming year. This might be a little disorganized and all over the place, but that sums up the year pretty well. <BR> <BR> I finished my BSN and starting questioning what's next. Really questioning. I've been feeling restless and discontent. My childhood dream was to study oceanography/plate tectonics. I love earthquakes. After grad school I ended up doing envir... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:48:31 EST 8/20/11: Day 48 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4439234 It's time for the annual year in review, but I'm tired and am going to go to sleep. Didn't get much of my to-do list done today, but did have some fun. <BR> <BR> I'm also a bit saddened tonight. I finally figured out why I haven't heard from a really good friend--his addiction caught up with him a couple years ago and he's having to spend some time in a federal pen somewhere. Geez. I hadn't seen any posts on his facebook page in a while and had seen a post from a friend of his regarding ... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 00:30:28 EST 8/18/11: Day 46 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435545 Just a quick note so I can get to bed at a reasonable time for a change... <BR> Good day for fresh fruits; only went slightly above targets for calories (over by 9), carbs (over by 48...still need some work on this), and fiber (over by 13). Lots of meetings at work today, packed my lunch and snacks. Work tomorrow and am on call until 7:45 Saturday morning then with the exception of next Thursday I'm off allllll week! I'm so looking forward to some time off away from work, away from my other... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:22:52 EST 8/17/11: Day 45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4433664 Hell hath frozen--I actually was within my ranges (not over, not under) for calories, fat, carbs, and protein! That rarely seems to happen, especially when I get carb-happy. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking of my great aunt today...it's her birthday. She died in 1994 just a few months shy of 90 yrs old. She was single, walked to work every day, had a good work ethic, strong values, interested in genealogy (that's where I picked it up), and antiques. Up until her last couple of years she was v... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:26:31 EST 8/16/11: Day 44 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4431334 I think I need to go find my book "meditations for women who do too much".... A comment Srhallin made on an earlier blog got me thinking. <BR> <BR> My perception of me is that I'm lazy. But, taken from another perspective, it seems I'm always doing something, many irons in the fire. So, because I have too high of expectation of what I can get accomplished in a day, week, month, etc. and can't meet those expectations because I need to do something like rest on a day off or catch up on some... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:07:31 EST 8/15/11: part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429504 The one good thing about going through old photos is you can see where you've been and how far you've come. I think this pic was when I was over 200. Yikes! No wonder I had trouble running and keeping up! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l518717218.jpg"> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:51:39 EST 8/15/11: Day 43 and teetering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429335 Rule #1, don't go grocery shopping when hungry. Well, I wasn't when I started. Did okay, did buy some soy ice cream sweetened with dehydrated cane syrup (close to natural, I hope; definitely more so than sugar, fructose, high fructose corn syrup and not artificial). I'm not sure if that's particularly "allowed." It was just a pint and mostly melted by the time I got home...so I ate it. I think I even managed to stay within my calorie range for the day. Felt guilty afterward. Should've j... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:30:29 EST 8/13/11: Day 41 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4425374 Still plodding along. I still can't believe I haven't given in to sweets or sodas yet! Of course, the burger and fries the other day weren't exactly a great choice. I was racing like a banshee from work to a CPR refresher a little over an hour away that I'd be late for, but fortunately the instructor said it'd be okay. Almost fell asleep on the way back...NOT good. Did get rested yesterday though. Almost thought I was going to have to use some of those skills today, but fortunately no. <BR... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 22:52:34 EST 8/10/11: Day 38 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419717 Well, I must be nuts! I just signed up for the 100+ crunches/day team. Trying to force myself to do something besides walking/jogging. I also need to start working on pull-ups if I want to make my goal of being able to do 3 by the end of the summer. My earlier ideas of getting fit and ready to play camogie this summer obviously didn't get off the ground as well as I would have liked, but there's always next summer's season to be ready for! I have made progress, though. I can actually run... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:01:30 EST